Parents say to their children, "If you don't clean your room you are going to get a spanken." What motivates the child to clean? The threat of a spanken, right? What if you remove the possiblity of that threat? What if someone outside the family told the child, "Your parents are not going to spank you, they told me they wouldn't ever do that for real, they are just telling you that to make you clean your room." Would the threat carry any weight in motivating the child to behave? No. I believe this is what has happened in evangelical churches today. Theologians have removed the threat of scripture by teaching that we can't really lose our salvation. This has made for a church that claims to be Christian but lives like the world. Why not? I have my ticket, and according to my preacher I can't lose it. Scripture continually presents the idea that IF we continue in the faith THEN we will be saved. And it uses fear as a motivator for us to perserve in that faith. Should our dogma remove that fear rendering its motivation null and void? If we truly cannot lose our salvation then what is Paul calling Gentile believers to fear in Romans 11:19-24?